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Allenby joins Palmer in Sony Open lead

American Ryan Palmer continues to set the pace going into the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
American Ryan Palmer continues to set the pace going into the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Robert Allenby fired a three-under 67 to hold a share of the lead in the Sony Open in Hawaii
  • The 38-year-old Australian joined American Ryan Palmer on top of the leaderboard after the third round
  • The pair are on 11-under-par 199, three strokes clear of a group of four players
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(CNN) -- Robert Allenby, who is coming off wins in Australia and South Africa at the end of last year, fired a three-under 67 to join Ryan Palmer in a share of the lead after the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The 38-year-old Australian -- who is seeking his first PGA Tour win in almost nine years -- played through the pain of a sprained ankle that he hurt on Monday before the tournament started.

He tested the ankle in Wednesday's pro-am and then decided to give it a go for real on Thursday. So far the decision has paid off, going 32 holes without a bogey.

"Scoring was tough this afternoon, especially on those greens," Allenby told reporters. "I just went out there with a game plan to just hopefully keep it on the fairway and keep it on the green and try and make a few putts."

American Palmer, who is protecting just the second 36-hole lead of his career, shot a two-under 68 to be paired with Allenby at the top of the leaderboard.

"If you'd have told me I'd have shot two-under par, I would have said 'Great, let's go home,'" Palmer said. "It was actually a very solid day of golf."

The pair are on 11-under 199 for a three-stroke lead over Steve Stricker (69), Davis Love (68), Troy Matteson (68) and defending champion Zach Johnson (70).

Five more players, including SBS Championship runner-up Rory Sabbatini (67) and Tom Lehman (68), are another shot back on seven-under 203.